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My journey at City Women so far - Millie Turner

After a year at the Vixens, Bristol City Women captain Mille Turner reflects on a whirlwind 12 months.

Hi everyone,

Firstly, Happy New Year and I hope that your Christmas was a good one!

2017 has been a fantastic year for me personally. I arrived here a year ago hoping to get more game time and it has worked out better than I could have ever imagined. Bristol as a city is beautiful, I have settled well, and I've also learnt a lot about myself living away from home, maturing considerably, although my teammates would surely disagree!

Playing football full-time is something I've always wanted to do, and I will be forever grateful to Willie and the club for giving me the opportunity to do so. The environment here is one which enables you to thrive, the platform is there, it is just down to you to put in the hard work.

To be honest, the hardest thing to get my head around is that I'm a role model and people look up to me as it is all so new and I'm young myself, but inspiring the young female footballers of the future within the community is something that gives me great satisfaction. I love spending time with our young fans, whether that be on appearances, after a match or just casual interactions.

On a personal level and from a team perspective, we initially found the step up to WSL 1 tough, due to the sheer intensity of competition, but we have learnt from each game and I think we are now really seeing the benefits of that.

We have put in some good performances this year, and, on occasion we have ran the very best extremely close. We have also put in some equally poor performances, but Rome wasn't built in a day and as a squad we believe in where we are going.

When I was asked to become the club captain, I didn't hesitate to say yes. It was a daunting prospect, but one which I was greatly excited about it and I feel that I have grown into the role. I am supported by my fellow squad members and the management team wholeheartedly, which makes the job a lot easier.

As we embark on 2018, I would like to thank you, the supporters, for the support over you've given me and the team over the last year. You turn up in your numbers, rain or shine and make the noise from the first whistle to the last and every single one of us appreciates it, as it really helps us out on the pitch. I look forward to you doing much of the same for the duration of 2018!

I'd like to thank my teammates for supporting me and being the crazy bunch that you are, we are like a little family on and off the pitch and I am loving every second of being your captain.

I'd like to thank Willie and the management team for the opportunity, I try to lead by example in everything that I do.

Finally, I'd like to thank my family for always coming to support me, especially my Mum, Tina, for her entertaining tweets which have given everyone a giggle on occasion.

Anyway, that's enough from me, I hope to see you all on Saturday at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, as we take on Everton Ladies (5:30pm). Tickets are available here.

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